Quotes and Sayings about Empathy



"It's got to do with putting yourself in other people's shoes and seeing how far you can come to truly understand them. I like the empathy that comes from acting."
- Christian Bale
(Related: People, Acting, Empathy)

"I think we are living in selfish times. I'm the first one to say that I'm the most selfish. We live in the so-called 'first world,' and we may be first in a lot of things like technology, but we are behind in empathy."
- Javier Bardem
(Related: Technology, Empathy, First, Living, May, World)

"Poets have to be sensitive to their audience, but it does not mean that they censor themselves. I realise my audience is diverse. Some will read with empathy and curiosity while others will take offense."
- John Barton
(Related: Curiosity, Empathy, Poets, Will)

"I look for a role that hopefully I feel empathy with and that I can understand and love, but also that has that challenge for me to play - a different kind of role, a different type of character, a different time period."
- Kathy Bates
(Related: Time, Love, Character, Challenge, Empathy, Play)

"There is also a natural and very, very strong empathy with the underdog, with people who have suffered, people who have been pushed around by foreigners in particular, but also by their own people."
- Lakhdar Brahimi
(Related: People, Empathy, Foreigners)

"Anyone who has experienced a certain amount of loss in their life has empathy for those who have experienced loss."
- Anderson Cooper
(Related: Life, Empathy, Loss)

"True contentment comes with empathy."
- Tim Finn
(Related: Contentment, Empathy)

"There are many respects in which America, if it can bring itself to act with the magnanimity and the empathy appropriate to its size and power, can be an intelligent example to the world."
- J. William Fulbright
(Related: Power, Act, America, Empathy, Example, World)

"If your emotional abilities aren't in hand, if you don't have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can't have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far."
- Daniel Goleman
(Related: Emotions, Empathy, Relationships, Self)

"I have been under considerable pressure to buy at least a laptop computer. I have always turned the suggestions down for the reason that I have never done creative work on a typewriter. There is to me a lack of empathy."
- Winston Graham
(Related: Work, Computer, Empathy, Pressure, Reason)

"People who work on the user interface side need to have empathy as a key characteristic. But if you are writing device drivers you don't really need to understand humans so well."
- Andy Hertzfeld
(Related: Work, People, Empathy, Key, Writing)

"I'm less interested in slasher, and go more for roles that can affect you on a personal level. I'm interested in human empathy in the movies I see, and in the ones I am a part of."
- Joshua Leonard
(Related: Movies, Empathy)

"Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn."
- Alice Miller
(Related: Empathy, Learning, Listening, Result, Words)

"We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it's like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old - and that's the criterion by which I'll be selecting my judges."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Mom, Heart, African, Empathy, Gay, Judges, Old, Poor, Teenage)

"I think empathy is a beautiful thing. I think that's the power of film though. We have one of the most powerful, one of the greatest communicative tools known to man."
- Michelle Rodriguez
(Related: Power, Empathy, Film, Man, Tools)

""Empathy" is the latest code word for liberal activism, for treating the Constitution as malleable clay to be kneaded and molded in whatever form justices want. It represents an expansive view of the judiciary in which courts create policy that couldn't pass the legislative branch or, if it did, would generate voter backlash."
- Karl Rove
(Related: Policy, Activism, Constitution, Liberal, Want, Word)

"What Mr. Obama wants in a nominee isn't really "empathy" and "understanding." He wants a liberal, activist Supreme Court justice."
- Karl Rove
(Related: Court, Justice, Liberal)

"When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you."
- Susan Sarandon
(Related: Imagination, Empathy, World)

"I think I'm an actor because I have very strong imagination and empathy. I never studied acting, but those two qualities are exactly the qualities that make for an activist."
- Susan Sarandon
(Related: Imagination, Acting, Actor, Empathy)

"I'm cursed with empathy. I'm also by nature way too opinionated."
- John Shirley
(Related: Nature, Empathy)

"We shall listen, not lecture; learn, not threaten. We will enhance our safety by earning the respect of others and showing respect for them. In short, our foreign policy will rest on the traditional American values of restraint and empathy, not on military might."
- Theodore C. Sorensen
(Related: Policy, Values, American, Empathy, Foreign policy, Military, Respect, Rest, Restraint, Safety, Will)

"Having played many roles of scientific intellect I do have an empathy for that world. It's been hard on me because flying the Enterprise for seven years in Star Trek and sitting in Cerebro in X-men has led people to believe that I know what I'm talking about. But I'm still trying to work out how to operate the air conditioning unit on my car."
- Patrick Stewart
(Related: Car, Work, People, Empathy, Flying, Intellect, Talking, Trying, World, Years)

"The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy."
- Meryl Streep
(Related: Power, Empathy)

"The discoveries of how we can grow and the insights we need to have really come from the inside out. To have genuine empathy, not as a make-nice tool but as an understanding, is essential to the next step."
- Patricia Sun
(Related: Empathy, Understanding)

"I have absolutely no empathy for camels. I didn't care for being abused in the Middle East by those horrible, horrible, horrible creatures. They don't like people. It's not at all like the relationship between horses and humans."
- Rachel Weisz
(Related: People, Being, Care, Empathy, Horses)